I'm fighting Lilly's diarrhea again. She was having a bit of a problem with it a couple weeks ago, but it wasn't too bad. Now, though, it's BAD. I washed her yesterday and today she was covered and caked again. I can't keep walking her all the way up to the wash rack every day to clean her up. She's supposed to be standing, not walking. I had to do it today, so I hooked up the hose and made a muddy mess near the front of the stall.
I'm at a loss... I don't know what else to do. We still don't know WHY she's doing it, or what's wrong. Obviously the supplements aren't working, so I might as well quite wasting my money.
The only reason I can think of, since it all started back up once she was put on stall rest, is that her digestive system has to have something moving through it at all times. It happened on the dry lot, where there's no grazing, and now it's happened in the stall, where there's no grazing. I don't know... does that sound crazy?
So since I'm grasping at straws, and have nothing better to spend my money on, I just bought her one of these:
It's a small mesh hay net that has small openings for her to eat from. My thought is that if it takes her 5 hours to eat 2 flakes of hay instead of 45 minutes, maybe it will help her tummy. That is, of course, as long as she doesn't get frustrated and rip the thing to shreds.
I . Just . Don't . Know
(I just got an email from Millers letting me know that the hay bag is on backorder until the end of January... fantastic. I only ordered from them because it was backordered everywhere else and their site said it was in stock!) :(
And to sweeten the pot, she was stocked up today and the right side of her udder is swollen. Her poor udder has never been normal, but it's quite swollen. It isn't painful, though, so I'm not too concerned. I ran cold water on both body parts since I had the hose out, so we'll see if they look better tomorrow. I'm sure some exercise would help them both but, well, you know... she's on stall rest.
She's being the best patient ever, though. She's doing really well in the stall and is calm as can be. It's almost like she knows she has to stay in there, or maybe she likes it in there. I'm not sure, but she's being such a good girl.
Her ultrasound has been scheduled for the 22nd. Probably 30 days after that, if her tendon looks good, we'll start the hand walking. I am praying for a pretty tendon!